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I’m a terrible baker. I think it;’s a combination of refusing to follow directions exactly and wanting to experiment. This NEVER works out when I bake, which is why I try not to do it too often. 

I have been promising Dino we would bake brownies soon, so on a hot summer day, with the AC blaring I used my old, overheated stove. Thankfully I didn’t have too many hot flashes during that time.

GERBER®  2ND FOODS® Fruits – Apples & Cherries

While I prepared the ingredients ahead of time, I got the apples and cherries baby food. I mixed it with the olive oil in the measuring cup. See right there is my first problem I refuse to use vegetable oil and instead insist on suing olive oil. I don’t taste the difference, but that is just me.

Did I get any pics of Dino pouring in the brownie mix, olive oil with the secret ingredient of baby food, or any pics of him mixing it all up, pouring it in the pan, or even licking the spoon? NOPE.

I did get a pic of the uncooked brownie batter and after it was cooked. Yes, I was such a pig that I cut out our pieces first, then took a few pics. I did have to put the brownies back in, as they were still a bit mushy on the inside. See…I suck at baking, LOL….but Dino could care less. to him the brownies were a gift from the Heavens. And NO he did not taste any apples or cherries, nor did hubby. Which makes me think I can add more next time *evil laugh*

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I got get pics of Dino helping to wash the dishes. I poured in tons of soap and gave him a rag. The dishes got cleaned and Dino had fun. I don’t use sponges anymore, they are just too annoying to clean and the microfiber ones were even worse to clean. I cut up our old and stained clothes, any clothes, and use them as cleaning rags, wet napkins, and sponges. They work great and all I have to do is pop them in the washing machine after each use. I have TONS on hand so I never run out.

Yes, I know I covered up my son’s butt even though he had on underwear, or undies as we call them. I just felt uncomfortable showing off his undie-clad butt. While the pictures were cute, I felt that I didn’t want the whole world to see him in his undies, especially with sick people out there. But it was such a hot day, why not clean in your undies?


About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.



  1. Brownies…yum!! I’m with your son…slightly mushy brownies? BRING THEM ON. Oh, putting them back in for a bit…not a problem, I’ll have another when they are finished. There is no “wrong” when it comes to chocolate-y goodness!!

    And the fact that he DOES THE DISHES AFTER…many you are raising him right. I just love that! –Lisa

    • yeah, he LOVES To help me clean…hopefully he will never lose that desire as he gets older, LOL.

      I prefer well-cooked brownies, but I think anything chocolate is good either way. thanks babe! 🙂

  2. I would never have thought to add the apples and cherries baby food. Seriously good idea and may try that out. And Dino is such a cutie for user, helping you clean those dishes!! 🙂

    • I just don’t have the time to puree the fruits and veggies, someone told me the baby food was easier and just as fine. he just loves to help, I hope that doesn’t change when he’s a teenager.

  3. I know I can’t taste them, but your brownies sure do look great.

    And you know that many years from now Dino’s future wife will be thanking you for those mad dish cleaning skills.

    • thanks Melinda, While I do teach him to clean, he also just loves to help. I’m blessed. I truly hope he continues this even in his teen years.

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